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Heraclio Fournier S.A.

In 1868 Heraclio Fournier González (1849-1916), descendant of renowned master printers of Paris, founded a small playing card factory in Vitoria, Spain. The workshops were originally located in Plaza Nueva where he trialled new printing methods and achieved success with the quality of his playing cards. On his death the business was managed by his nephew Félix Alfaro Fournier (1895–1989) who began the Fournier Playing Card collection (Museo Fournier de Naipes) which is based at Diputación Foral de Álava. Today the business is part of the Jarden Corporation (USA). A history of the company can be found on their website:

Fournier's first playing cards, 1868

Above: Heraclio Fournier's first playing cards, printed from lithographic stones, 1868. A facsimile edition was published in 1994.

original designs for Fournier's Castilian pattern

Above: Emilio Soubrier, from the local Art and Design College, was commissioned in 1877 by D. Heraclio Fournier to produce a new definitive set of playing card designs. These were produced with assistance from Ignacio Díaz de Olano (top row). Ten years later, the designs were revised by Augusto Rius and became the standard ‘Castilian’ pattern which is used today around the world (bottom row)   see more →

Newspaper article 13-08-1934

The above newspaper article appeared in August, 1934. The pack referred to in the article is shown below.

Ibero-American deck, 1929

Fournier at its best...

América, 1960
Ancient Civilisations, 1973
Europe, 1962
European Naval Powers, 1981
Descubridores y Colonizadores de America, 1952
Canary Islands Souvenir
Classic, 1959
Baraja Gaucha
Martínez de León Baraja Taurina, 1951
Naipe Nacional, 1938
East Africa Souvenir, 1957
Philishave, 1978

More examples of playing cards manufactured by Heraclio Fournier S.A.:   República Española Souvenir ::: Romance Español ::: Baraja Andaluza ::: Monumentos de España ::: El Cid 9th Centenary ::: Castilian pattern ::: No.35 "Rueda Alada" Catalan pattern ::: No.40 Poker ::: No.505 Poker ::: No.55 Catalan pattern ::: No.5 Catalan pattern ::: No.5P Cadiz pattern for export to Peru ::: Fernando Pessoa & Co Playing Cards ::: Habemus Boda, 2004 ::: №260

Last Updated August 13, 2017 at 04:04pm


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